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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
206 654 3100
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Ranked #65 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Type: Art Museums
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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Seattle, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a small collection in a very nice deco building located in Volunteer Park. I love going just to see the ceramic pieces. Almost never any crowds

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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Deco building is an outstanding example of the period. The detailed entry doors welcome you into a different world. The interior simplicity featuring the Asian art exhibits with high ceilings, natural light in the atrium space, with varied intimate galleries is a quiet, calming and soothing atmosphere. Sit inside to relax a moment, or on the terraced area by... More

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Carlsbad, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Even the building - a deco masterpiece in a beautiful setting, atop a high point overlooking Union Lake, in Volunteer Park - justifies a visit. The quality of the permanent collection is outstanding. We were there for an exhibition of deco works from Japan. It was astounding. The 200 or so pieces on display were collected and are owned by... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Amazing art deco building with a Japanese art deco exhibit and three excellent contemporary Chinese artists work on display.

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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This gallery is fantastic. It's the second time we have been and it did not disappoint. We went this time for the Japan Art Deco show and highly recommend it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Although I was greatly impressed with the temporary exhibition, Deco Japan, the parts of the permanent collection on display seemed rather sparse. Combining a visit here with one to the nearby Volunteer Park Conservatory made for a pleasant morning. Had I known the collection was quite so small, though, I'm not certain I would have visited.

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british columbia
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Yes, this is a small museum, but the whole point is, it is not going for breadth or depth, it is simply a collection of Asian art. Being Chinese myself, I always appreciate seeing Chinese art without having to go to China or major North American art museums. Just because the collection is small, you could spend as much time... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Top of the hill in Volunteer Park. Small, but contains, what is supposedly the best collection of Asian stone art in USA. Some of them are a sight to appreciate. Because it's a small museum, you can get done in less than 1/2 hour. There are some ancient ivory and jade carvings that are outstanding. The tickets are free if... More

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The Valley Below
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Really beautiful examples of sculpture, woodblock prints, paintings, textiles, calligraphy, alongside bronze, glass, porcelain, enamel, ceramic and carved jade decorative objects, dishware, and other vessels. They have pieces dating back more than 2000 years, up through modern pieces from contemporary artists -- collections from India, China, Japan, Korea. The admission is only $7 for adults -- save your ticket stub... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Discovered this museum walking back the 15th after i visit Bruce Lee's Grave. It is located on the west lane of Volunteer Park. The pieces exposed are wonderful. There is a perfect chinese galery and a wonderful indian exposition. I expected to see more japanese pieces, but it's wonderful as well. There isn't so many korean pieces and lack other... More

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